Smith Family Law Firm Blog

This blog provides brief summaries of the most recent family law appellate cases and statutes that may effect the issues our existing and prospective clients are facing. This is not an exhaustive list and do not automatically assume that if a case seems similar to your facts that the same result will be reached. We encourage individuals to secure counsel. These are very difficult issues to go through alone.

Phone Consultations Available

Posted by Roy Smith on Mar 13th 2020

The Smith Family Law Firm is temporarily adjusting the rules regarding its consultations to facilitate the complications and unanticipated events caused by COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Therefore, for the remainder of March and April, 2020, free consultations (limited to 20 minutes) will be allowed via phone as opposed to being handled exclusively in person. We hope this will remove an obstacle for those who want guidance as to their rights regarding divorce, child support, alimony, modification, and other family law matters but who are concerned about the issues and additional responsibilities caused by this virus. To set a consultation please call (407) 790-4800.


Florida Family Case Law Update: Week Of February 14, 2020

Posted by Roy Smith on Feb 14th 2020


Muszynski v. Muszynski: 5th DCA, February 14, 2020:

Order of trial court warned about future actions against former Husband if he continued to be in breach (including incarceration) it was not a final order and therefore not properly appealable.

Concurring opinion.  While it is generally true that a trial court is precluded from enforcing equitable distribution payment obligations via contempt, there is an exception under Fla. Fam. L. R. O. 12.570(c)(2) where a party is required to perform an act (such as signing a note and mortgage to secure equitable distribution obligations and failing to satisfy life insurance obligations).


Roy Smith Selected To Florida Super Lawyers 2019

Posted by Roy Smith on Jun 03rd 2019

Congratulations to Altamonte Springs family law attorney Roy J. Smith, IV, Esq., for his selection to Florida Super Lawyers for 2019. This marks the 10th consecutive year Roy has been a selectee of Florida Super Lawyers. The rating system for Super Lawyers combines peer nominations, peer evaluations and independent research evaluations broken down by practice area. No more than five percent of the attorneys in Florida are selected for the Super Lawyers list each year.